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Romantic Trios / Leister, Tinelli, Mazzoccante

Bartholdy / Crussell / Baermann / Leister
Release Date: 11/12/2013 
Label:  Camerata Records   Catalog #: 28235   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Felix MendelssohnCarl BaermannBernhard Henrik Crusell
Performer:  Antonio TinelliKarl LeisterGiuliano Mazzoccante
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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MENDELSSOHN Concert Pieces: in F, op. 113 ; in d, op. 114. 3 Duets (arr. Weston). C. BAERMANN Duo Concertante in E?. CRUSELL Andante and Allegro vivace Karl Leister (cl); Antonio Tinelli (cl); Giuliano Mazzoccante (pn) CAMERATA CMCD-28235 Read more (46: 48)


This recital had just been recorded when I interviewed clarinetist Antonio Tinelli two years ago. (The interview appeared in Fanfare 34:2.) It is Karl Leister’s first collaboration of its kind on disc, and how it came about was one topic of our interview. Leister may not be a young man anymore—indeed, it was more than 50 years ago that he assumed the position of principal clarinet with the Berlin Philharmonic—but, based on the evidence heard here, he still possesses a formidable command of his instrument. Tinelli is still very much in his prime, and while he may not share Leister’s international fame, he too is a consummate player.


The major works on this recital are the two Mendelssohn Concert Pieces, originally written for clarinet and basset horn; Tinelli plays the lower part, as is fairly common, in a version adjusted for the standard clarinet. These pieces are lightweight and brilliant, and they remain highly effective despite the fact that one misses the mellower sound of the basset horn, and that some passages must be adjusted to accommodate the range of the clarinet. As it turns out, Tinelli sounds full and attractive in the lower chalumeau register; he also has a somewhat rounder sound than Leister, so some contrast in sonority remains.


Carl Baermann (1810–85) was the son of the clarinetist Heinrich Baermann, for whom Weber had written his clarinet works. A noted clarinetist in his own right and his father’s successor as principal clarinetist with the Munich Court Orchestra, Carl wrote a famous clarinet method as well as a number of compositions for his instrument. His Duo Concertante, op. 33, is a pure showpiece but an effective one. It was, incidentally, for Heinrich and Carl Baermann that the Mendelssohn Concert Pieces were composed.


Bernhard Henrik Crusell (1775–1838) was a Swedish/Finnish clarinetist-composer known today for his clarinet concertos and quartets. His Andante and Allegro vivace is a five-minute trifle, probably more rewarding to play than to hear. Pamela Weston’s arrangement of an excerpt from Mendelssohn’s “Lobgesang” Symphony and two of his op. 63 vocal duets round out the program.


Leister and Tinelli play with stunning unanimity of phrasing, intonation, and dynamics; they seem to be having fun with this music, and the effect is infectious. Their octaves are perfect—no trivial thing on two clarinets—and their balance is ideal. Tinelli’s regular sonata partner, Giuliano Mazzoccante, who was so impressive in their Brahms CD, is no mere accompanist, but a true chamber player.


I have yet to hear a fully satisfying recording of Mendelssohn’s Concert Pieces in their original form; the present version for two clarinets goes to the top of the pile in that setting. Indeed, the only serious complaint about this CD is that there’s room for a good half-hour of additional music. The works played here may not be top-drawer masterpieces, but you won’t hear a better disc of music for two clarinets and piano. Enthusiastically recommended.


FANFARE: Richard A. Kaplan
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concert Piece for Clarinet, Basset Horn and Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 114 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Antonio Tinelli (Clarinet), Karl Leister (Clarinet), Giuliano Mazzoccante (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Germany 
2.
Concert Piece for Clarinet, Basset Horn and Piano no 1 in F major, Op. 113 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Antonio Tinelli (Clarinet), Karl Leister (Clarinet), Giuliano Mazzoccante (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Germany 
3.
Songs (6), Op. 19a: no 5, Gruss by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Antonio Tinelli (Clarinet), Karl Leister (Clarinet), Giuliano Mazzoccante (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1833; Germany 
4.
Songs (3), Op. 84: no 2, Herbstlied by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Antonio Tinelli (Clarinet), Karl Leister (Clarinet), Giuliano Mazzoccante (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Germany 
5.
Symphony no 2 in B flat major, Op. 52 "Lobgesang": Ich harrete des Herm by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Antonio Tinelli (Clarinet), Karl Leister (Clarinet), Giuliano Mazzoccante (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Notes: Arranged by Pamela Weston. 
6.
Duo concertant for 2 Clarinets, Op. 33 by Carl Baermann
Performer:  Antonio Tinelli (Clarinet), Karl Leister (Clarinet), Giuliano Mazzoccante (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
7.
Andante and Allegro Vivace for two clarinets and piano by Bernhard Henrik Crusell
Performer:  Antonio Tinelli (Clarinet), Karl Leister (Clarinet), Giuliano Mazzoccante (Piano)
Period: Romantic 

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